Taught course

Theatre Studies

University of Glasgow · Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters programme engages with a wide variety of histories and practices attached to the study of theatre. It is designed to enable you to become proficient in the techniques of historical, sociological and theoretical analysis of the theatrical process, past and present. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to create a portfolio of courses based on your individual needs and interests. You will be taught by leading academics as well as external professional practitioners.

Why Glasgow

  • Our facilities include a studio theatre and large flexible-seat theatre seating over 200 spectators.
  • Glasgow is the base for a number of nationally significant theatre organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, Ankur Arts, Vanishing Point and Theatre Cryptic.
  • The city of Glasgow provides an unbeatable location for the programme. Glasgow is home to a huge variety of theatres that produce and show a range from the experimental and risky, to the traditional and repertory, from canonical and new writing, to devised and physical performance. World leading venues include The Arches, the Citizens Theatre, Tramway and the Glue Factory.

Programme Structure

The programme is mostly comprised of optional courses, enabling you to create your own Masters programme. It also allows you to work in an interdisciplinary capacity, selecting courses from across the College of Arts, according to personal interests. The programme convenor will work with you to ensure a sensible portfolio of courses is constructed, according to your personal aims and objectives.

Core teaching is delivered in two semesters, followed by an independent desk- or practice-based project. The Independent Research Project provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical exploration of this.

Core courses

  • Research methods
  • Independent research project.

Optional courses

You will undertake five optional courses which you will select from a pool of courses. Optional courses are updated each year, but may include:

  • Autobiography and performance
  • Bodies in theatre and performance
  • Contemporary devising practices
  • Debating dramaturgy
  • Directing
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean drama
  • Exhibiting Cultures
  • Issues in Victorian and Edwardian theatre
  • Modern German theatre
  • Performance theory and analysis
  • Playwriting
  • Space, place and performance
  • Work placement.

By the end of this programme you will have developed knowledge of a range of issues pertinent to the study of theatre, including historical, contemporary, theoretical and practical. This programme will allow you to develop a wide range of subject knowledge combined with confidence in utilising different research methodologies.

Core and optional courses

The programme is comprised of a number of courses, with different credit weightings. The programme is mostly comprised of optional courses, allowing you to create your own Masters programme.

Core courses
Research Methods
Research Methods is an exploration of key research methodologies relevant to the critical and practical study of performance, leading to the development of a real (or imagined) research project. Research Methods provides an introduction to a range of research methodologies, including: oral history, using archives, visual cultures, practice as research, the laboratory as a place of experiment. The course is designed to help students select individual study options as well as gain experience in a range of key research methodologies by making full use of available archival and digital resources.

Independent Research Project
The IRP offers you a range of opportunities to explore something of interest to you, applying an appropriate methodology. For example, you may choose to produce a 15,000 word dissertation, undertaking primary and secondary research in the pursuit of new knowledge that relates to the fields of theatre and drama; or you may choose to undertake a more applied project.

‌Optional courses
You will choose 100 credits’ worth of optional courses from a selection – for example:

• Autobiography and Performance
• Current Issues
• Debating Dramaturgy
• Greek Tragedy
• Issues in Victorian and Edwardian Theatre
• Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama: Staging the Other
• Performing Beckett
• Playwriting
• Reading and Interpreting Performance
• Shakespearean Adaptations
• Space, Place and Performance
• Women and Drama in the English Renaissance Period
• Work Placement

You can select courses from across the College of Arts, according to personal interests.
The programme convenor will work with you to ensure a sensible portfolio of courses is constructed, according to your personal aims and objectives.

During the programme you will undertake a range of assessment methods including essays, critical report, literature review, oral presentations, workshop demonstrations, annotated bibliography, and an independent research project.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods are determined by the different needs of the courses and include seminars, one-to-one tutorials, placements and workshops. They are delivered by staff in Theatre Studies, alongside professional practitioners. Other occasional workshops, seminars and events are organised throughout the year by both staff and students. Students also have the opportunity to audit other courses, as appropriate. Students are encouraged to create opportunities for informal peer support outside teaching hours.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.5. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23 CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. PTE Academic: 64; minimum 62 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Victoria Price